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. >> hagman, of course, was best known as that scheming oil baron j.r. ewing. abc's david muir. >> reporter: flowers in the south fork ranch in dallas. the backdrop for what would define america in the 1980s. at the center of it, larry hagman from ft. worth, reveling in his role the evil conniving oil man, j.r. ewing, here with his wife sue ellen, actress susan gray. >> you're a drunk and unfit mother. the sooner we have you put away in that sanitarium the better off you'll be. >> reporter: people loathed him and were disgusted by his ways but wooed by his wicked humor. >> don't forgive and don't forget and do unto others before they do unto you. >> reporter: when j.r. was shot in that 1980 cliff-hanger [ gunshots ] -- the world spent months asking "who shot j.r.?" even the queen mum who wanted to know who pulled the trigger. record households tuning in to learn the answer, it was j.r.'s scheming sister-in-law kristin. hagman himself in theater before tv. a five-year run on "i dream of jeannie." the astronaut and the genie who loved him. >> master, it's almost 3:00 in the morning. get some
. producers say they'll most definitely give the character, j.r. ewing, a bee fitting sendoff. >>> the rolling stones performed for 20,000 fans in london, and they proved they still know how to rock after 50 years. ♪ i want to be your lover baby ♪ i want to be your man >> there you go, still got it. still got it. >>> all right. finally, when justin bieber met the canadian prime minister this weekend, he looked decidedly casual. so the internet immediately jumped on this. so they are calling bieber, quote, white trash for looking like that during the meeting. so biebs has cleared it up. he says that they met at a hockey arena where he was rehearsing for a halftime show. see, it looks like they're in some sort of official room and he just showed up. apparently that's what the biebs rehearses in. don't hate on that. >> at the hockey game. is his outfit appropriate for the hockey game, too? >> i don't know, maybe he's trying to bring back overalls. i think milli vanilli would be very excited about that. >> you love milli vanilli. >> just a little bit. >>> in argentina, it's perfectly acceptabl
. >> reporter: as wheeler-dealer oil man j.r. ewing, hagman ruled over the southfork ranch and the tv ratings for 13 years beginning in the spring of 1978. >> tramp. name of the game is huge. you're destroying everything that daddy spent his life. >> reporter: episode after episode the duplicitous j.r. schemed and double-crossed his way to the top. until in the cliff-hanger season finale in the spring of 1980 somebody in his inner circle had had enough. (gunfire). dallas fans spent an entire summer asking themselves the question, who shot j.r.? it was a testament to the acting abilities of the real larry hagman. the son of singer mary martin, larry hagman's own career was launched in the 1960s with a role at astronaut anthony nelson in the sit-com i dream of jeannenie opposite barbara eden playing the part of the jeannenie. >> i must have gone further into orbit than i thought. >> osgood: though other tv and film roles followed, it was dallas that put him on the map. >> get me the police. reporter: when the identity of j.r.'s assailant was revealed in november of 1980, as many as 83 million p
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